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Maria Savva Interviews . .The Blackfires
Interview with The Blackfires
CHEGGI: We started this band in 2011. I came to New York from Moscow, Russia to pursue a music career. To organize a band, a great band ideally, is always a challenge, especially in new country, with no connections. I posted an ad on craigslist. Something like “I’m a frontman, whoever wants to conquer a world with me, jump on board”. I got a response from a drummer – Ilan Harel. Later he confessed to me that he replied just to find out who the “psycho” was who thought he could conquer the world. But that is how the band was established. Later a bass player joined who Ilan knew. But we needed a great charismatic guitar player. I searched through the internet and found Anthony Mullin’s profile on this social networking site called Bandmix.com.You know it’s like love at first sight, some chemistry. You don’t even know who he is, but you know he’s gonna be in your band. However there was a problem. He has no e-mail or contacts on his profile. Basically bandmix obscure e-mail addresses they detect in the code to make you pay for their messaging. So I just took his name, all that was there “anthonymullin@” and added all the possible email yahoo.com gmail.com etc…I didn’t have a response for a month. But when he replied back – I was THIS IS A SIGN!!! It meant I’m on the right way. Later Mullin brought his friend Chris Daou to the band. And that’s how it all started.
MULLIN: Thank you, it’s lovely to hear that about our music. Odd but good. I’ll get used to it. The EP actually didn’t take long to record itself. It was done live in one day, at the cutting room of course. We were all in the same room and played through the 5 songs. We did overdubs for a couple of parts the next day and that was that. Choosing the songs was the hard part. We ended up doing a vote so everyone had a pick with one extra song.
And “Just A Thrill”. – I love play this song live. Lyrics were written by Chris Daou and Ryan Egan – but it is so about me I guess.
CHEGGI: We all do. The songwriting process in every band is different. Even within a band. And I guess it changes with time. Sometimes it’s someone’s idea being developed, sometimes it’s a written song being adapted to the band. Lately we prefer old school rock ‘n’ roll writing – when the song comes out of a jammin’ in a studio.MULLIN: Yea what he said. We all do the writing. It just depends on where the idea comes from and in what state. Sometimes there’s a full song and everyone loves it and it’s good to go as is. More commonly though we have a snippet or we start from scratch and jam until it’s a song. As you can probably imagine songwriting can be really difficult and you can’t be precious about your ideas. Even though everyone is sometimes.
CHEGGI: I’d play everywhere whenever they want, even when they don’t wanna hear us. But I prefer stadiums. So I guess Wembley Stadium.MULLIN: Wembley would be amazing. If you think of those classic gigs like Queen, Live Aid, who wouldn’t want that? In the city I’m looking at Bowery Ballroom next, that seems like a fun venue. And while at it, Pink Floyd played in Pompeii amongst the ruins. I wouldn’t be against that.
CHEGGI: At this moment some line-up changes are going on within a band. We’ve had a long break as a result. We are really looking forward to getting back in saddle again, to quote our friends in Aerosmith. As for a record we are looking to release something in the first half of 2014.MULLIN: Yes unfortunately we’ve had to contend with a lot lately in terms of a change in personnel. We’ve been writing lots lately and have plans to release perhaps one track before/in the new year. With a larger release in the first half of 2014, as Cheggi said.
CHEGGI: We support local music and our friends form other NYC bands. But I missed a lot of shows recently. I say Ten Ton Mojo – that’s a band I like to watch on a stage. They Rock.MULLIN: I’m out and about a fair bit and definitely like Ten Ton Mojo. Also a couple of CMJ bands stood out to me recently Strngrs who we are sorting a gig with, The Midnight Hollow, and The Dead Exs. In terms of bigger acts, I saw Buddy Guy recently at the Iridium who is always great.
MULLIN: I suppose our website theblackfires.com. Definitely facebook as well – facebook.com/theblackfiresOur music is available through our site and CD Baby, and a UK site http://amazingradio.com/. Also soon we’ll be on Spotify and iTunes.
Band Bio:“…a genuine, earnest hard-rock sound that has the polish and flair to excite any crowd, The Blackfires definitely are a must-see live act. For those looking for great new bands these dudes absolutely need to be on your radar!” – Bowery Boogie With members from the UK, Russia, Spain, Uruguay and of course NYC, The Blackfires are indeed a unique blend of rockers. Between them they are PhD educated, hold degrees from Oxford and Columbia, are trained in philology and film-making, and the list goes on. Yet, as accomplished as they are in other fields music is their forte. Yes they are fucking good.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblackfiresDon’t miss the gig if you’re in NY on 6th December: Arlene’s Grocery, NYC at 10pm!
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